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U.S. judge overturns California’s 3-decade-old ban on assault weapons

An AK-47 assault rifle.
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An AK-47 assault rifle.

SACRAMENTO, California — A federal judge has overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled Friday that the state’s definition of illegal military-style rifles unlawfully deprives law-abiding Californians of weapons commonly allowed in most other states.

California first restricted assault weapons in 1989, with multiple updates to the law since then.

California’s attorney general argued that assault weapons as defined by the law are more dangerous than other firearms and are disproportionately used in crimes and mass shootings. But Benitez said the guns are overwhelmingly owned for legal purposes.

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    1. I agree that why I own 2. The last time I fired them was at a Phoenix outdoor range in 2015. I’m itching to soon but as expensive as ammo is now I’m waiting til supply increases bring prices down. The owner of the range let us shoot his M60. Best day ever!

      Anyhow my 30rd Bereta mag can create just as much havoc for a criminal. Especially if he 5 mags belted. This is what people like you don’t understand about the AW facts.

    2. The 2nd Amendment nitwit. All liberals should be banned from owning any type of weapon to include knives and baseball bats.

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